Reading biographies of recent hires at various financial planning firms, I'm struck by how many graduates have undergraduate degrees in finance. As the financial planning profession continues to grow and mature, do we only need people with a finance background, or do we also need hires who know how people work and understand human behavior? My opinion is some of the first, but just as many of the latter.
Of course, this view is biased. My own undergraduate degree is not in finance and it isn't even from the United States - I have an undergraduate degree in psychology from a mid-ranking university in England. I decided to become a planner three years after I'd graduated from school, and studied for the CFP exam when I was working in an unrelated industry.
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